the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of
glory that will never fade away" (1 Peter 5:4, NIV).
of Christ the Shepherd, has captured the imagination and stirred
the souls of millions of devotees. It has become the inspiration
for stirring sermons, great literature, artistic masterpieces,
and magnificent music. It has brought comfort and hope to
Christians in every age.
the figure of the shepherd is repeatedly applied to Jesus.
He is called the Good Shepherd, the Gentle Shepherd, the Great
Shepherd, and the Chief Shepherd. To the apostle Peter, Christ
is "the Chief Shepherd." This is the only time in
Scripture that this title is applied to Jesus.
has earned this title. He is the trustworthy shepherd who
gave His very life for His sheep. He is the shepherd who constantly
provides for His flock. He is the gentle and loving shepherd
who carries the lambs in His arms. He is the strong shepherd
that defends and protects His flock. He is the solicitous
shepherd who daily leads His flock to green pastures and tranquil
streams of water. He is the kind shepherd who never leaves
nor forsakes His flock.
urged the flock to fix their eyes on the glorious return of
the Chief Shepherd. Then he held out a powerful incentive
for faithfulness, the grand reward, the "crown of glory
that will never fade away" (1 Peter 5:4, NIV). This reward
is to be personally awarded by the Chief Shepherd Himself.
"However lowly, however elevated we may be, whether we
are in the shadow of adversity or in the sunshine of prosperity,
we are His sheep, the flock of His pasture, and under the
care of the Chief Shepherd."--In Heavenly Places,
Prayer Today: Lord, I await the return of the Chief
Shepherd. Make me worthy of the crown of glory that will never